Is it Worth a Shot?
Filed Under: Health & Science, Media & Tech | Posted: 10/07/2009 at 4:04AM
Comments | Region: Philippines
You’ve Already Had Your Barrage of Vaccines when You Were a Baby, but Recent Studies Say’s You Got to Get Pricked Again
Doctors say’s that an injection only hurts as much as a pinprick, and its true. Besides, experiencing a non second’s worth of pain is nothing if it means preventing further harm to your body. Here are some diseases that vaccines can help prevent.
What it is: A highly contagious bacterial respiratory disease with symptoms such as sore throat, low grade fever and a clam like, phlegmy feeling on the tonsils, pharynx, and nose.
How it spreads: An airborne disease that is spread through coughing and sneezing.
Why you need a vaccination: Complication may lead to death.
Extra info: Diphtheria toxoid vaccine should be taken every 10 years.
What it is: Think: chicken pox for adults people who’ve gotten chicken pox before can get shingles. The main culprit is a virus of the herpes family, which is also the cause of chicken pox. stress, a weakened immune system, and aging are possible suspects that can trigger the chicken pox virus to reccur. It’s symptoms are intolerable itchiness, leaving rashes with blisters, and skin tingling, among other’s.
How it spreads: Shingle’s cannot be directly passed from one person to another; so even if you touch someone with shingles, the worst you can get is chicken pox. However, any person who’s had chicken pox may develop shingles when the chicken pox virus is reactivated.
Extra info: You can ask your doctor to boost you with zoster vaccines to suppress the reactivation of the virus.
What it is: An infectious disease caused by virus that attacks your liver. Some of its symptoms are fever, nausea, fatigue. The more serious ones, meanwhile, are darkened urine, upper-right abdominal pain, and jaundice like symptoms.
How it spreads: By ingesting something contaminated by an infected person’s stool ( known as the oral-fecal route) or through anal- oral sex.
Why you need a vaccination: Adults are prone to have more severe form of hepa A-leading to bed rest for four weeks and may have to stop working for three month’s or longer recovery can take up to a year.
Extra info: Hepatitis A vaccine is effective from 15 to 30 years.
What it is: A viral liver disease with symptoms like vomiting, dark urine, jaundice, and inflammation of the liver.
How it spreads: Through contact with the blood of an infected person ( i.e. injection, blood transfusion, and sex ).
Why you need a vaccination: Complication may lead to life long liver problems, including liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Extra info: Hepatitis B vaccines are recommended to be taken every five to 10 years.
Human Papilloma Virus: (HPV)
What it is: A virus that attacks the cervical cells. This virus can only be detected through pop smears, and women are of great risk.
How it spreads: By having sex with an infected person.
Why you need a vaccination: If untreated, The virus may lead to cervical cancer.
Extra info: Get the shot between the age 16 to 23 " If you catch girls early enough before they become sexually active, then that is when this vaccines seems to be so young", Say’s Dr. Sean Kenniff.